Shrimp “Ramen” Lo Mein

Ingredients:
1 pound of large, fresh shrimp (about 21 pieces), peeled
2 cups of broccoli, chopped
2 cups of white mushrooms, sliced
1 yellow onion, sliced
1 red bell pepper, sliced
1 cup of edamame
Green onions, chopped
2 tbs vegetable oil
Additional oil (for cooking)
1 tbs vegetable oil
½ tbs onion powder
½ tbs garlic powder
5 packs of Ramen noodles (without the seasoning packet)
Sauce:
1 bottle of soy sauce (10 fl. Oz)
1 tbs crushed red pepper flakes
½ – 1 cup brown sugar (I used 1 cup, but depends on your taste!)
¼ tsp white vinegar
1 tbs garlic powder
1 tbs onion powder
1 tbs flour
2 tbs water

Directions:

  1. Cook edamame following package instructions (or to desired tenderness) and set aside.
  2. In a wok or a large pan, add 2 tbs vegetable oil and place over medium high heat. Add in red bell pepper and onion. Season with ½ tbs onion powder and ½ tbs garlic powder. Cook for 6-7 minutes or until tender. Remove and set aside.
  3. Add mushrooms into pan. Cook for 4 minutes. Season lightly with onion and garlic powder. Cook for an additional 1-2 minutes. (Add in additional oil if necessary to help cooking process).
  4. Add in 1 tbs of vegetable oil. Add in chopped broccoli and cook for 6-7 minutes or until tender. Remove from pan and set aside. Add in 1-2 tsp of oil and add in shrimp. Cook for 4-5 minutes or until pink. Remove and set aside.
  5. In a pan, add in soy sauce, red pepper flakes, brown sugar, vinegar, garlic powder, and onion powder. Place over low medium heat. Add flour to water and mix until combined. Add to sauce and cook for 7-10 minutes or until thickened. Reduce heat to low. Set half of sauce aside (for those who like extra sauce!)
  6. Bring a large pot of water to boil. Drop ramen noodles in boiling water (throw away seasoning packs!). Cook for 3-4 minutes. Add noodles, vegetables, and shrimp to remaining half of sauce in pan. Mix well. Simmer for 2-3 minutes and remove from heat.
  7. Top with green onions, sesame seeds, and a drizzle of extra sauce. Enjoy!

Notes:

  1. I recommend to not add any additional salt to this recipe. The soy sauce is enough!
  2. If soy sauce is on the saltier side, dilute with water.
  3. Try not to overcook shrimp. A cook time of about four minutes should be enough for large shrimp.
  4. Do not overcook ramen noodles. If so, noodles will be mushy and stick together. 3 minutes should do the trick!
  5. Don’t skip out on the green onions and sesame seeds. They add freshness to this dish!
  6. Make sure sauce has thickened before adding veggies, noodles, and shrimp.
  7. If you’re allergic to shrimp feel free to use chicken, steak, or go vegetarian!